State will auction weapons from Farmer investigation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Knives and guns from the Richie Farmer administration will be up for auction at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources headquarters. Current agriculture commissioner James Comer said the auction is a way to turn a negative into a positive.

In former agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer's plea agreement, he admitted buying several rifles and knives to give as gifts to other commissioners at a conference in 2008, but keeping several for personal use.

"Unfortunately there were a lot more guns than there were commissioners at the conference so the guns maybe had remained with some of the commissioner's family and friends," Comer said.

Those guns and knives were being held as evidence, but after Farmer pleaded guilty to the charges of misappropriation, they were returned to the Department of Agriculture. The department will auction off the 13 Remington rifles with "Kentucky Proud" engravings and 16 Case knives with commemorative medallions. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the money will fund a new project.

"One of my initiative for urban areas has been to create more urban gardens. We have a project were going to announce in Louisville next month,"

Comer says selling off the guns and knives means more than just recouping money.

"This is symbolic of changing the culture in Frankfort," he said.

The auction will be May 5 at 9AM.

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